The extreme heat of a heatwave can be seriously damaging to the health, and can sometimes be fatal. Find information about who is at risk and advice about what to do in case of a heatwave.
- Steps to take during a heatwave
Find out how you can help yourself and others stay cool during hot weather.
- What symptoms should you look out for?
Two main conditions can be caused by extremes of heat; heat exhaustion and heatstroke. Find out what the symptoms are for each of these.
- When should you seek advice?
Are you suffering from symptoms of heat exhaustion or heatstroke?
- Who is at risk during a heatwave?
When temperatures remain abnormally high over more than a couple of days, excessive heat can prove fatal. In one hot spell in London in August 2003, deaths among people aged over 75 rose by 60 per cent.
- The Department of Health Heatwave Plan
Provides appropriate support and care during a heatwave. Find out more about the heatwave plan in place.
The following advice will help you to look after your own health and that of your family. Remember, it is not just children who need special attention; be aware that elderly people are also at risk, and make sure they are being checked on.